just waiting in the car for my mom at the store we were hanging out and she kept making this face... Isn't it the best!!! i love her so much! just look at her in aww of her! I can't believe that she is ours!!!
Well starting with the first night Ava slept about 3 hours then wanted to be fed. She went right back to sleep and slept for about 3 1/2 hours till she got up again! I was a little tired but had expected way more wake ups.
Then the last two nights I have fed her last meal around 10:00pm and she has stayed up a little and played with us and then fell asleep around 11:30 or so. And she is sleeping all the way through the night and waking up around 7:00 am right on the nose! Amazing. I think i lost more sleep waking up thinking she was waking up and going a checking on her and she was out and nothing was going to wake her! well she got up this morning at 7:00 on the dot and nursed on each side for about 20 minutes (not sure if she gets 20 minutes worth of milk yet or not) and then had the 30 oz. of formula. She played and snuggled for a while and then went back to sleep! i had to wake her up and feed her at around 11:00 am and then we took off to head out to starbucks and target and she has been asleep. She is about to get a feeding right now so that i wake her about every three hours during the day and she seems to sleep through the night. I mean this girl can SLEEP!! Just like her Daddy...Well ok her Mommy too!!!!
So the first week has been so wonderful. I was expecting to be so tired and out of it. Especially with having a C-Section I thought i would be totally down for the count. But she has been so wonderful!
To start she has got breast feeding down and had it down really the second day! the specialist came in and was there for 5 minutes and was done and we have been great ever sense.
She eats so good! she did end up having jaundus but her level was only right above a 12 so they put her under the lights and supplimented her with a little fomula for a few days till my milk came in all the way. We go on friday to see if we still should supliment but i think that we are doing good because she doesn't really eat all of the formula after nursing. So i have hope that we will be off of it by the end of the week. Other than that she has had no problems her levels were very low by the time we left the hospital and she looks like she is keeping wonderful color and everything looks good. She has been pottying a normal amount so that is awesome.
We had a funny incident last night with my mom. Ava had been having wet diapers but she had not pooped in one in about 2 days. I could feel bubbles in her belly but nothing would move down. I felt so bad. But last night i guess it all decided to come out right before we all sat down for dinner. My mom was holding her and she heard her let out a big poo in the diaper. She thought she waited long enough and went to change her right before so she would sit in the swing while we ate dinner. well des and i sat down and started serving the plates for dinner. and we heard her scream and say ummm i could use some assistance... Well des (who moves much faster than me right now) ran in there and started laughing. Ava was fine ... but she was not done using the bathroom. My mom went to wipe her and she ended up finishing what she needed to do right then and my mom caught it!!! LOL she was laughing and probably a little grossed out! but not bad. We all had a good laugh and we will be sharing that one with her when she is a little older and understands what happened! That was so funny!
Her precious little feet!! She looked so peaceful sleeping last night I had to take a picture. This is one of my most favorites... She has such a cute personality already!!! Such a funny little girl! Ok so i had a C-Section and didn't really care what i was looking like at that point but was just over joyed to be holding my little girl!!! This is right after she was born. they had weighed her and measured and ran all of the test and what not that they run! i love this picture of Ava and her Daddy who already is wrapped around her little finger! we of course did not expect anything less. Some of our first quiet time with her after she was born. Her daddy loving on her! She is such a good sleeper! Gotta love that! Love when she falls asleep on my chest! so sweet she is a snuggler!!! Me and my little angel! could not ask for anything better. with as much pain as i was in at that point. holding her seemed to just make the pain melt away. It seems non existent!
At 5:22 on Thursday the 22nd, Ava entered the world. Weighing 8lbs and 2oz and a very long 23 inches...(even some of the nurses had to double check on that) we are still trying to figure that one out. She is super-precious, As soon as they took her out of my belly they showed her to me then cleaned her up and then Dez took her to the nursery while i was finishing up in the O.R. I think i was in surgery for a total of maybe 45 minutes from start to finish. In the nursery They took all of her vitals, did footprints and hand prints, and all the normal after birth procedures. Then about 30 minutes later, they took her out to the grandparents in the waiting area before taking her on into the recovery room to see mommy and have her first meal. Around 30 minutes later, they took us to our family room...it's great, not as much room as the last one, but great!
I was coming in and out of sleeping while people were visiting. I am sure i fell asleep mid conversation. Today i am very sore. but that is to be expected with a c-section. Things get a little better all the time. I have a feeling i will take a few steps back over night due to the fact that i do not move around as much.
They just took Ava to weigh her and run her vitals. I will have her back in a few minutes. They just gave me some pain meds. so as soon as those start kicking in i am getting Ava back and will feed her and snuggle with her.
Oh i can't express how much of a wonderful feeling it is to hold her and love on her. And as weird as i thought breast feeding would be it is a wonderful experience and bonding time with my little angel!!! Dez is so wonderful with her! He is really an amazing father and man. He has been so amazing in my hard times. He is just really patient with me and caring he looks out for my every need. Not to mention Ava has already bonded with him so much. He cuddles with her and has changed ALL of her diapers and swaddles her everytime. I am unable to bend in ways that are needed to change diapers and swaddle and pick her up! He does everything.
I am going to try to upload some pictures of her right now but the computer is very slow and we have had troubles uploading them but i will try...
Well, they just checked baby Ava and it seems that her head is coming down finally! Yeah!!!! Jenn is still dilated to a "7" so they are going to try the pitocin again to encourage stronger contractions. We are praying that the contractions respond and Ava's heart rate stays constant. We think maybe Ava is primping before her big debut and like any woman doesn't want to be rushed!
Baby Ava is doing much better off the pitocin, and the contractions are still being effective. Jenn has dilated to "7" so the doctor wants to not use the pitocin any more. The baby's head is not dropping real fast and her head seemsto be forming to the shape of the cervix, so she may be too big to be delivered normally. Dr. Bullen is trying to give Ava every chance to see if she wants to come naturally, or would prefer a c-section.
Here's an update on Baby Ava from Jenn's mom from the labor and delivery room. Jenn is dilated to a "5" and is completely efaced for those of you familiar with those terms. The babies head is coming down. However, the baby's heart rate has been dropping during contractions, so we have stopped the pitocin for now and added fluids so that the baby is more comfortable. It seems to be working. If it keeps working -- all will go as planned with a normal delievery BUT if the Ava gets stressed again when the pitocin starts, Jenn will have a C-section.
Although Jenn would prefer not to have a c-section, she wants to do whatever is best for the baby. She was totally prepared in the back of her mind that a c-section was a good possibility.
Jenn and Dez would like you to say a prayer for whatever is best for Ava and that she will be a healthy strong baby.
They also would like you to know that Dez's phone isn't working -- so if you want news, text or call Jenn's phone and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
Well we are at the hospital and resting for tonight with cervadill for the night and tomorrow they are inducing. I am trying to upload pictures but it is going slow so we are going to try later... i will keep everyone updated!
Today is my daddys birthday!!!!! so we are close to his birthday!
I was just thinking today that this is our last Saturday most likely with out our little angel!!! It gave me chills to think that we are about to be holding our little girl soon!!!!
Our day was just as I would want it to be! the last few weekends have seemed to go by so fast because we have packed them full of things to do. Last weekend we went to the rodeo... that was fun! and hanging out with friends on the other weekends. Now this weekend we are just relaxing and enjoying each others company!!!!
We cleaned (well dez did the hard cleaning) i really just went through the papers and clutter and got rid of what we don't need!!! after that we ran to sonic to gab a bite to eat and then i dropped dez off at wal-mart and i ran to the bank to deposit his paycheck. I was not up for walking around wal-mart i tend to get dizzy when up for a long time( plus we spend more money when i go in with him because EVERYTHING looks good to me).
After that we just came back to the house. I took my second bath for the day! Just to relax and chill out! and now we are just relaxing and watching house flipping shows. We love those!
Tomorrow there is nothing on the schedule and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! we are spending our last weekend getting quality time with each other and that is what i think needs to be done because after Ava is born for a while it will be hard to get our little quality time together.
Today is my 3rd day on bed rest. I made my list of things i would like to get done before the baby gets here! its not a huge list... just a few things:
1.) wash the dog beds 2.) finish organizing the baby stuff 3.) go through some paperwork 4.) give the dogs a bath 5.) put our ornaments up
and a couple other things i can't thing of right now.
So i went to go do some of those things and i was not feeling like i could get them done. I decided i needed to rest. I have been just really out of it today! I have taken 2 baths to relax. Then always help me feel better when i feel a little sick. So that is working for now. other than that i have been feeling ok just been sleeping a lot.
I am thinking about trying to move our appointment up with the doctor to monday or wed. not sure if i will end up doing that. i am going to see how i feel after the weekend. just a little out of it. but i am thinking that is normal due to the fact that i am about to have a baby in a few days.
I am so excited about seeing our little girl in a week or so! and excited for my mom to be here in a few days!!! She has her foot sticking straight out to the side of my belly and its so cute! I cant wait to actually hold her and see her cute little feet!!!
So we went to the doctor today and had the results of my test and she was glad to tell me that i do not have Pre- Eclampsia!!!!! so that is awesome! i was really hoping that i didn't have it. She said that my blood pressure continues to increase but its nothing too bad yet. She said that based on my blood pressure that we are looking at her wanting to induce next week possibly after our thursday appointment. She is keeping me on bed rest because she said that i look much better and fears that sending me back to work would make me swell much more than i am now and she wants to keep it down and it will also hopefully keep my blood pressure down as well. It was 138/74 i think is what the bottom number is. might have been 70. either way she said its not horrible still higher than she would like to see but not scary enough to induce today. But she is talking about wanting to induce maybe around thursday or friday of next week (of course if i don't go into labor before) which she said could happen as well.
my mom is going to get here the day we have our appointment so it is looking like for now that she is going to get to be here for the birth. she said she did not want me to pass my due date because of blood pressure. so that is not exactly what we wanted but at the same time we are glad and will do whatever the doctor thinks is best for our little girl!
We love our doctor so much!!! she is amazing and i would never change for anything. she has made us feel so comfortable and made dez very relaxed about it all. Mostly because he feels like me going to appointments for a while by myself (about 34 weeks on till today) he did go with me today because there was a chance that we would be induced today so he wanted to be there. and he is going to continue going until after she is born due to it could be anytime now.
Other than that not much to report except that i am still on bed rest for good and she just wants me to relax and do nothing (twist my arm right?!?!?!)
Well that is our update for now and i will continue to update this everyday now probably due to the fact that i have way more time to do so!!!
My next appointment is Thursday Jan. 22 at around 4:30pm. so a week from today!!!!
Oh and the baby she said is weighing in at about 7 1/2 lbs is what she is estimating right now so she could be about 8 lbs when she is born. which is good for her to be so healthy but not so much for me LOL!!! im sure everything will be fine! plus she could be smaller. Either way as long as she is healthy is all that matters.
So today was my first day on bed rest! It was very uneventful for the most part. Well my day started off with taking Dez to work and then just coming home and resting for a little while. Then i remembered that the lady that runs the apartment left a note that there was something wrong with one of our windows when they did the yearly check of the condos. So i decided i just needed to vacuum a little and pick up a few things. I was not sure if she was going to show up today or if they just left a note for everyone. well i am glad i did because her and a lot of people showed up to look at the window in the bedroom. they were not here for long and i guess are coming back to fix the window.
after that i headed to the doctor well the lab office to take my 24 hour test to them to process for tomorrow.
Now i am just sitting at home waiting for Dez to get here! he just text me and said he was on his way so about 10 minutes and he will be here! i can't wait! I LOVE when he is home i always miss him when he is gone. my favorite part of the day is spending time with him. and soon it will be my favorite thing to hang out with my husband and my baby girl! so close now!!! WE go to the doctor and find out where we stand and what the test results!!! i will update everyone on where we stand after the appointment when we get back. our appointment is around 3:15 pm tomorrow.
Well it started yesterday I was not feeling good nothing serious just a little swelling and just feeling uncomfortable probably all normal with being toward the end of pregnancy but I staid home just in case plus i really could use the rest! This morning i went into work and was doing ok... then i started feeling dizzy and foggy. I tried to keep working but could not get over the feeling that something was not right. well Ava was still moving and everything else seemed normal with her it was just that i was feeling weird. So i decided to call the doctor and see what her opinion was. She never makes me come in if she thinks it is nothing to worry about. She has never made me come in for anything so far usually just tells me to drink a lot more water and rest.
Well i called her and she did want me to come in and see her just to check my swelling and blood pressure. she thought it might have gone up more than last time. last time i went to see her it was 130/70. she said it was not bad and a little higher than what she thought the top number should be but nothing to worry about and just would keep an eye on it.
When i went in to see her they took my blood pressure and it was 124/80 so the top number went down and the bottom one increased. she said it was a little high still and she wanted to hook me up to a monitor to listen to the heartbeat and see if i am contracting at all. So they hooked me up and I got to listen to the heartbeat for about 30 minutes. Loved it! it sounds so strong!!! Which is always the reasuring and by far the BEST part of every appointment. So they left me in the room for a while and she went to other patents while i let the monitor run for a while. she came in a few times and looked at it and said looks good and baby's heart beat was strong! the last time she came in to check she said i had about 2 contractions in the 20-30 minutes i was in there. it was not a huge one the first time but it was bigger the second time. but nothing to send me to the hospital for! just little ones and i didnt even really feel them. so not yet on the contractions (well that i can feel.)
she also checked me and i am dialated to a 1!!! so that is awesome news. she ended the appointment with putting me on bed rest at least till my next appointment which is thursday of this week. so really two days of rest for now! but that is good i feel like i need to rest! I am also taking a 24 hour test to see if i have pre-eclampsia. she doesnt' think i do but they want to be totally sure that their test at the office is not missing something important so we are going to do this 24 hour test and see what happens.
Everything is perfect with little Ava and there is nothing to worry about. if i go back on thursday and the test shows that i have pre-eclampsia then she might want to induce on thursday but she thinks that everything should be fine and we will be able to hold off on inducing. but we are ready just in case she feels it is nessessary. she does not think that i will make it to 40 weeks though. I don't know if that means she doesn't want me to get to 40 weeks or if she thinks she will come before then. either way its her call on whatever she thinks is best for our little girl!!!
Your pregnancy: 38 weeks How your baby's growing:Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
How your life's changing:
For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain. Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.
Well yesterday I ended up staying home all day from work because i was swollen and just plain worn out! I felt i needed to rest! I got a lot of it yesterday but it never seems to help all the way! i am still very sleepy and worn out! not so bad on the swelling and all. I mean there is still a little but of swelling but for now it has gone down. Our next doctors appointment is on Thursday! I am hoping that she says that we are very close if not ready for our little girl! because we are so ready for her to be here!!!!!!!
Des and i were talking the other night about how to travel with our little one without taking the playpen on an airplane or for short trips to friends houses but still have a safe place for little Ava to sleep and try to stay on a schedule! I was looking around today and i found this website and i think that this is something that we will use! i love it! it got great ratings and reviews. I think that it is a great solution for the short trips or just for the visit to a friends house!
Well its Friday and i am really excited that this week is finally over. Well almost!
Yesterday i went out to my car to go home from work and when i got to my car i had a note on my car that had a map of the employee parking with a letter reading that i needed to park in employee parking and would not want to get written up for being LAZY!!!
Well needless to say i was pretty furious that someone left a note on my car. And i was only about 20 spots out of employee parking. (due to the fact that my DR doesn't want me to walk that far into work due to my High blood pressure! and also that she said no more stairs. So i parked just a little closer than everyone else. but still had to walk all the way into work and my feet and legs hurt by the time i got in.
So i decided that i just really needed to go home instead of storm back into work and yell at the person who did it. which is what i wanted to do! but knew it would be best not to! so i went on my way home and due to hormones i let a few tears out because i felt like someone thought i was being lazy! and all i wanted to say was i am DUE IN 16 DAYS!!! i don't think that i am being lazy! I mean most people are not working at 37 almost 38 weeks. they are home on the couch resting and relaxing for the events that are about to take place. But No i am at work trying to earn extra money for our family so that when i am on disability (where i don't get my whole check) we will not suffer so much! I want it to be a stress less transition. So all that probably raised my blood pressure so much! i went home and vented to dez about it and then my mom! so i felt a little better. My original way i was going to deal with it was send out an email or find the person who left it on my car and just hand it back to them and see what they had to say!
But after all of my venting and sleeping on it i just decided to take it to my HR manager and my department and ask them what they thought about it. everyone was SHOCKED that someone didn't know that was my car due to the fact that i am the ONLY one with TEXAS plates. everyone else is SOUTH CAROLINA!!! SO that is mainly why i felt that someone was attacking me for being lazy and not just thinking an employee is being lazy.
at the end of all of that the HR person is just going to talk to the person she thinks it is and let them know that i am needing to park closer than i do right now and that it should be allowed!
SO i have calmed down a little bit! from it all. but man things like that take a toll on you way more than when your not pregnant!
I am ready for a relaxing weekend of not doing anything. well the girls from work are throwing me a shower on Saturday but that should not be so stressful! then i plan on relaxing the rest of the weekend.
It really has felt like it was Friday for the past 4 days! i could not figure it out!!!
I plan on sleeping A LOT this weekend. If i can?!?!?! I am so grateful for DEZ he has been so amazing through this whole process! he cleans when he can and cooks EVERY night and takes the dogs out all night long without me helping most of the time! He really lets me relax and get the rest i need. he brings me whatever i need and takes care of my crazy requests without batting an eye! he seems to just understand that i am having a tough time doing certain things and does not mind helping.
I don't think i could ever repay him or make it up to him!
I love this man so much and am so lucky that he is the one that i get to spend the rest of my life with and raise our family with!
I have not been sleeping much at all! And the fact that i am still working doesn't help the matter either. I don't want to quit work too early because with all the doctor bills we are about to have we could really use the money! The only reason is because my insurance while it covers everything has a super HIGH deductible!!! Mainly because the company does not take any money out of our check to pay for it! So i guess in one sense i can't complain! But on the other hand i wish we had a different health care ! Desmond does not have coverage at his work so we are both under this plan.
I mean i am grateful that we have it don't get me wrong. our bills would be much higher without it.
But back to the sleep thing. I have become very uncomfortable more so each night. I just toss and turn and get up about 7 times i think i counted last night. And some nights i have to get up and drink a glass of milk because my heart burn is so bad i can't lay down or it could be reflex. I am sure its both.
So last night I kept waking up and could not get to sleep. When i finally got up for the last time it was about 5:00 in the morning. and i get up about 6:30 to start getting ready for work so we can leave by 7:30. well at five i was able to go into a deep sleep and i did not hear my alarm because my body i guess just woke up and i looked at the clock and it was 7:32. OOOOOPPPSS! I mean i was getting some good rest there for a little bit! But of course after jumping out of bed and jumping in the shower and running around trying to get ready i am once again back to sleepy! I take about 3 different vitamins everyday! prenatal, calcium, and iron ( i was a little low on iron at about the 30th week and they recommended i take a supplement and it would also help with my energy!) well i don't have an iron problem anymore but i am not any less tired!
I am just worn out! We are at the end of the tunnel and i feel like we are running towards it at a very fast pase but at the same time feels like this week has drug on and on!
For some reason i feel like it should have been Friday about 3 days ago! I think part of the thing is that we are just so ready for the next chapter of our lives that the last few weeks will just be a slow process! but we are willing to wait and have our wonderful baby in our arms when it is time!
I just need to think about possibly stopping work before i get too overwhelmed with it.
Well my mom is coming into town on January 22nd and she is going to stay till the 27th!!! So we are hoping the wants to arrive on time at least! if not we will just be glad to spend time with her! i wish we lived closer to her and my family! i miss them so much!
Well i really am blessed even though i sit here and complain about not sleeping and just being tired. I mean who usually just has that to complain about in pregnancy! I am truly blessed that she has been really easy on me and i am so blessed that i have not had any other issues so far! I mean i really feel bad complaining when others have it so much worse during the last few weeks. I really should not complain! so i am going to just try and be grateful for everything i am not going through at this time and thank God for going so easy on me!
We are ready for our little angel and can't wait to see her beautiful face and love on her!!!!
Its so amazing how much love we have for this little girl we have not seen but our hearts are already hers! and i know that she has already stolen the hearts of many others and will continue to do so through her whole life!!! she is such a blessing to our family and i can't believe that we are so blessed with her! She is a dream come true!!!!
and when i think of how much i love this little girl all the other complaints are completely forgotten and seem so silly to even mention!
Tonight i got an email from a friend who is also expecting. She emailed me about my last blog and really opened my eyes to somethings and gave me great incite into giving birth and some of the things that could possibly come with induction and some of the risks.
I am so grateful for her input and the fact that she took the time to help me understand what i am so incredible clueless about. It really opened my eyes to the fact that i am anxious and nervous excited and just really want our baby girl in our arms.
Bottom line is the things that she told me about inducing before Ava and my body are ready unless of course she is late are not things that i want to go through nor risk for our little girl! i read the email to Des and he agreed. We are excited and can't wait for our little girl to get here but we know that she will be here when she is good and ready! God knows when and has a plan for the day she is to be in our arms and that is not meant for us to decide.
our eyes were open to that tonight when we read about some of the things like the fact that it could be more painful throwing your body into labor instead of it doing it on its own. and that sometimes it can lead to a c/section which we would also like to avoid if possible!
I know she is just as anxious and excited to have her little baby boy in her arms too so she knows the feelings i am having and it makes it so much easier to know that someone who is in my position telling me that it is worth the wait!!! also i just had a thought that what if the doctors are a week off of my due date and she is not ready. i know that she could survive at this point and be fine but i would not want her to have to go into intensive care because we took her too early! I want God to let us know when she is ready to be here! We have to put our faith in the fact that he knows best and he is the one who created her and knows when she is ready to venture out into the world. We are just so blessed that He has given her to us to look after and take care of. She is a wonderful gift and We know that it is nothing to be rushed.
This makes me think back to stories in the Bible about people who did not wait on God and while things did not always turn out bad there was clear signs of the way things would have been and how much better things would have been had they waited on God. So that is what we are going to do is just give all our anxiousness and worries to God and know that He has full control over what is going to happen and we are going to be blessed with a wonderful baby girl in a few weeks no matter what time she arrives!!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful night! Thank you so much Belinda for all of your wonderful advice!!!
So when i saw the doctor today she listened to Ava's heartbeat and everything sounded fantastic. It was much more clear. She checked me and she said that my Cervix is still not all the way open. But she said that you never know what can happen. she said that she had a patient come in one afternoon and she was about where i was (her cervix was not all the way open) and the next morning when she came in the girl had gone into labor that night and delivered the next day! so she said just keep your hopes up cause you never know. she also said that at 39 weeks we will see how far my cervix is and if it is open all the way she said that we would talk about maybe inducing around the due date. and if not then she will let me go no more than one week past her due date! so that is encouraging! I am hoping that she decides to come before that time but on or around the time would be awesome too! I would really like for my mom to be here for it! and if we can get a date set to induce we might be able to get her out here!!! that would be a wish come true! so everyone keep us in your prayers!!!!
Other than that everything is looking normal. I gained only 2lbs which of course is more than i would like to gain but whatever i need to do at this point. My blood pressure was a little high but just the top number. she said that she checked everything else and it is not pre-eclamsia (spelling???) so that is good news. she said just to relax and start taking the elevator from now on at work and at the apartment.
No complaints just hoping for some progression in the next week or so! we are getting very anxious! We can't wait to have her in our arms and love on her!!!
Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.
How your life's changing:
Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some "bloody show" (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.) Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. That way, if the result isn't yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you'll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.
It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.
While you're sleeping, you're likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.
Today I decided to start getting our bags ready for the hospital.
I started with what Ava will need at the hospital. I packed her going home outfit! and her Blanket we are taking her home in. They are so cute. Of course i had to wash all of the stuff first. So i just decided to go ahead and wash all of her clothes and blankets so that we would have them all clean when we need them. So i have been doing laundry ALL day! And having to make sure i did not wash something that was suppose to be hand washed. We only had about 4 things that need to be hand washed so it was not bad at all!
I think we have just about everything ready. I have boiled the binkies and put her baby book in the bag for the hospital to put her foot prints and hand prints in. I have put the flip camera in the bag and am charging the camera for the hospital. but i will probably use it before then. But it will be charged! we plan on taking a lot of pictures and some video while we are at the hospital. Now we wont be recording the birth or anything like that! but we will have a video of some of her first things and pictures from her birth.
I also started packing my bag as well. i packed only comfortable things because as much as i would like to look cute and wear something really nice i know that all i will be concerned with is my baby girl and being comfortable when we leave the hospital.
I feel like i will be forgetting things and i will never remember it all. i guess it is a good thing that we don't live but about 10 minutes from the hospital so if we do forget anything then it will not be too hard to get it.
I have heard that this is the best hospital to deliver at and that i will have a great experience there.
I think we are almost set up for our little girl. we still have a few things i know that i need to get before she gets here.
One is a few sheets for the bed and some more wipes. but other than that we are all set and so ready for our little girl to be here!!! time seems like it is going by slow but so fast! hard to explain. But i am sure that a lot of people know what i mean! all i can think about is holding her and seeing des with his little daughter. and loving on her!
Not long now! we are so close! everyone pray that she is not a late girl and wants to be on time or even early!
Well Dez and I did not do much of anything for new years this year! Mainly because I don't feel like doing much of anything at all! we just hung out at the house!
I was so hungry from work when i got home that night and Dez was so wonderful and he had made a homemade Pizza. It was SO very good!
I took a bath like i do every night when i get home. I think that is my way to relax and feel comfortable when i am home. Then after all that we just watched movies. We watched one of our new favorite movies "burn after reading" it is such a good movie!!! Then of course we went to our DVR (which is the best thing ever) and watched all the shows we had recorded the previous week. those included our normal shows we love to watch... 48 hours mystery, First 48, Baby Story, 90210, any CSI, And some true stories of mob life and all the old mob groups that use to be and still are. Those are very interesting.
After that i fell alseep and was out for a little while and i ended up waking up right at 11:54 and was looking for Dez. He was taking the dogs out for about the 100th time that night and I was worried he wasn't sure what time it was! But he walked in with 3 minutes to spare. And we watched the rest of the ball drop from NYC and Kissed at New Years! and then he opened some bubbly for him and a non bubbly one for me! and we toasted and took some drinks.
By then i was awake again! And we ended up staying up till about 3 in the morning and then going to bed!
The Next Day We did not get out of bed until about 12:00 (well i got out of bed several times. Due to the fact that i get up to use the bathroom EVERY hour and a half just about!) but was able to really sleep and get some good rest! That was very much needed because I am still working. And it wears me out during the week.
New Years Day I woke up and cooked us some BLTs and Tomato soup and we just relaxed on the couch and did nothing till about 5:00 when we headed over to Cam and Amanda's for dinner. It was so good. Chad , Michelle, Cam , Amanda, Donna, Clint, Shawn, and a few others were there! we did not stay long because Dez was not feeling well. SO i took him home and gave him a Thera Flu and we watched a little TV and went to bed!
But all in all it was a great new years eve and day! And thinking we are about 3 Weeks away from seeing and holding our little girl brings me so much joy i can barley contain myself!!!!
Desmond and I welcomed our baby girl Ava Lucille Lewis into the world January 22, 2009. Time is already flying by! I feel like it was just yesterday we were bringing her home. We have moved to San Antonio to be close to family. We LOVE this place. We are so excited for what the future holds! Our little Angel is amazing and we can sit for hours and just look at her in wonder.